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TDA08904NCC MW kirstenWord from our Mayor - Kirsten Wise 

Kia ora koutou.

The Spirit of Napier, captured at dawn, evokes such a feeling of hope for the future. It sums up this sense we are beginning to feel of things shifting, of coming back to some semblance of normality, returning to the city, socialising more freely and becoming more involved in community beyond our own bubbles.

The statue itself is blatant in what it represents: Napier rising from rubble, prosperity and rebirth. Lofty aims but in some ways fitting for today. We need to collectively reinvigorate our city, get out and about, and enjoy what we have here, from autumn walks in the Western Hills, to taking full advantage of the great spaces we have in our neighbourhoods. We need to make the most of places close to our heart: Te Whanganui a Orotū (Ahuriri Estuary) and Anderson Park, Marine Parade and Te Karaka (Perfume Point).

For some, stepping up and getting involved becomes a fulltime commitment, I took that step when I became Mayor three years ago. But actively involving yourself in community can start with coming along to consultation meetings, becoming part of the conversation online through Facebook or Instagram, submitting your feedback on our plans through

When local government elections take place in October this year, make sure you have your voice heard by voting in them. Or put your hand up and run for council yourself! 

The big projects you see being delivered often start with a conversation, and the public are a crucial part of that. There are many ways to participate in Council work that makes community and our city even better. In whichever way you choose, you can be part of making our place great.

Sometimes, it’s the small things that count when it comes to getting involved. A few weeks ago, a member of the public found an underweight penguin at the Marewa shops. They did the little fellow a big service and took him to the National Aquarium of New Zealand. After some hearty meals and some TLC the Marewa penguin has been released back into the wild, in top condition. Every action makes a difference, and makes Napier a better place to be part of.

A whole lot of those little actions working together are the embodiment of the Spirit of Napier. When we ask our community in May for Civic Awards nominations we will hear stories and meet people who represent the Spirit of Napier and everything it means. But they will also represent a little bit of all of us, finding our own ways to help revitalise our home.


The great outdoors is calling...

Autumn lends itself so well to long walks in the open air. Napier’s often thought of as a city centre, sometimes a port town, but it’s also a gateway to some beautiful walking tracks.
We are doing a lot of work around the Western Hills of Taradale including working with partners to increase and improve our walk ways. We are linking up existing pathways to create a network of tracks that spans from Ōtātara Pā to Sugar Loaf, then on to Te Whanganui a Orotū. Much of this walk is known as Maggie’s Way and is being constructed in partnership with Napier Rotary Pathway Trust. An important link in the chain is being worked on over the next couple of months at Dolbel Reserve. Once that’s done it’s going to mean people can walk a long way through reserves and parks rather than near roads. Alongside this project we are doing a significant planting project thanks to Jim Taylor and his family who donated significant funds to plant four hectares with natives. We have planted about 15,000 natives over the last few years at this site, with work still taking place. Thanks to community partnerships, hard work and a long-term focus, we are providing safe and enjoyable walking options that help all of us lead active, healthy lives.

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Tour the Treatment PlantBFT Tours

Where does your waste go?

We are currently consulting on the Wastewater and Trade Waste bylaw, so we are opening up the doors for tours of the wastewater treatment plant so anyone interested can come along and learn how this works.

We’d love you to come down and check out how wastewater gets transformed through a biological process at the plant. This will be your opportunity to get up close to some of the more personal parts of our waste water system.

Make sure you wear closed-toe, covered shoes. Tour numbers are limited so get in quick to book your spot!

Tours will be held on 6 May between 1 and 4 and 7 May between 9 and 12. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit

Meter MakeoverPM

People are being encouraged to have a hands-on go ahead of new parking tech being introduced in Napier.

Napier’s parking meter makeover will see the latest parking technology meters installed in Napier and Taradale in May and June respectively. The ‘Pay by Plate’ meters have been made available at Napier and Taradale Libraries, and at the Council Customer Services Centre, so the public can practice using them before the roll-out starts.

Rachael Bailey, Napier City Council Regulatory Solutions Manager, says she is excited to bring modernised parking technology to Napier, in line with other councils around the country.“Displaying a parking ticket on your dashboard will no longer be required, which I know many commuters will be pleased to hear!” Rachel says. “By having a go themselves, commuters will see just how easy the parking meters are
to use.”

The paperless Pay by Plate meters are eco-friendly and user-friendly. They use licence plate numbers to record parking time and payment. They offer a range of payment options, including the ParkMate app, credit card and coins. Commuters can also take their credit with them when moving their vehicle within the same zone or same time-restriction area. Napier City Council staff will be out and about around the time of the installation roll-out in Napier and Taradale to help anyone requiring assistance.

What we are working onbay view

Every day, our teams are out there working on ways to make our beautiful city even better!

From revitalising playgrounds to road safety and water improvements, there is always something happening. 

To learn more about the projects we are working on, go to - Napier Projects.

Our Fire Flows water project at Bayview is nearing completion. This is an essential project to ensure our pipe capacity meets firefighting requirements as our city grows.

This project is one of the first Three Waters projects to be completed as a trenchless install. This is done by drilling a hole under the ground and pulling the new pipe in making the project less intrusive, faster and safer.

Annual Plan Social Posts V1.04

The Annual Plan asks for your views on the way we make sure our communities are protected from coastal hazards.

We are proposing handing over the assets, activities and associated budgets of our coastal protection work to Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. This is because the Regional Council is best placed to look after the coast from Tangoio to Clifton and make sure there’s consistency in approach to caring for our coastal communities.

For more on this proposal you can view a video message from our climate resilience advisor Heather Bosselmann below.

Give us your feedback on our Annual Plan before 5pm, 13 May at 

19799 NCC CivicAwards WebBanner 1.1Do you know someone who deserves recognition for the mahi they’ve done in your community? 

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding members of our community for their contribution to local, national and international betterment.

The Napier Civic Awards were established 45 years ago to recognise the unsung heroes of our community who give exceptional voluntary service to a range of organisations in Napier.

Performing arts, sports, returned services, scouts, Meals on Wheels... so many worthy organisations are able to do the amazing work they do because of the commitment from volunteers who selflessly put in their time, hard mahi and love into supporting and uplifting the community.

This is your chance to show your appreciation. If you have an unsung hero who comes to mind when reading this and would like to learn more or complete a nomination form please visit Napier Civic Awards.

Are you a vocal local?

Do you want to represent your community at the decision-making table? This is the time to step up and run for council!

Local body elections are in October this year. To stand for Napier City Council you need to be a New Zealand citizen, be on the electoral role and be 18 or older. To start the process you will need nominations from two people who are registered to vote in Napier. It takes all sorts of people to run a City, and the more diverse the Council the better.

Here are some of the skills and qualities it takes to make a great councillor:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Political acumen
  • Leadership
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Knowledge and understanding of local government
  • Communication and engagement
  • Relationship building and collaboration
  • Integrity and Trust has a useful guide on their website: Candidate Guide to Local Authority Elections


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